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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership. “[Science]“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership

It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world... " — President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015 The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM. The need The goals The plan. Digital Explorer - Media Player. STEM on Station. Gamifying Our STEM Lab. Leveling Up With Challenges, Digital Badges, Display Pages & More!

*Update: Since this post I have added more challenges and badges to include Sphero, MaKeyMaKey, Scratch and more.

Gamifying Our STEM Lab. Leveling Up With Challenges, Digital Badges, Display Pages & More!

There are now over 60 challenges and badges for your students! Please share any challenges and badges you make. I would love to add them. Check back again, I am adding more challenges and badges all the time. Check out the crowdsourced Gamification padlet at the end of this post too! Our STEM Lab/Makerspace is a HUGE hit with our students. How You Can Gamify Your STEM/STEAM Lab 1. 2. LittleBits Art Bot Badge 3. Example of "My Badges" page on a Google Site What our Gamification & Badge System is NOT So far our badge system has worked out really well in our STEM Lab. More Resources Gamification is definitely on the rise and badges are just one way to bring it into your classroom. The Sun Terrace STEM Lab/Makerspace opened up in October, 2015 and it is an engaging, fun, hands-on learning space. Engaging America’s Youth in STEM through Hands-on Experiences in Labs and Communities Across America.

The United States has more than a half-million job openings in information technology and many more requiring training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including computer science.

Engaging America’s Youth in STEM through Hands-on Experiences in Labs and Communities Across America

To ensure that all youth have access to these jobs and the jobs of the future, the Administration is working hard with communities across the country to provide opportunities in STEM and entrepreneurship. One way to prepare all of America’s youth for these opportunities is to share some of the work we’re doing in our Nation’s Federal labs and help them meet some of our STEM leaders.

This week, the White House will launch a National Week at the Labs in coordination with the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) and the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force to bring together scientists, engineers, and lab workers to inspire students as they spend the day performing experiments and participating in STEM mentoring sessions.

National Week at the Labs Exposure. Your destination for birding on the Web. Project Learning Tree. Nature Works Everywhere. Every Kid in a Park. Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes?

Every Kid in a Park

Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them! To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016.